High merit (65+) in Master’s degree in a relevant subject with high merit (65+) in the dissertation element or equivalent.
English research level.
Months of entry
About this MPhil/PhD programme
This programme offers you the chance be part of one of the world's leading departments in the study of international relations while you undertake a substantial piece of work that is worthy of publication and which makes an original contribution to international relations scholarship. You will begin on the MPhil and be upgraded to PhD status after passing a research panel no later than at the end of your second year.
You will benefit from being a part of one of the world’s leading departments in the study of international relations. The Department is organized around four Research Clusters: Statecraft and Security; International Political Economy; Institutions, Law, and Ethics; and International Theory. You will belong to at least one of these clusters during your time in the Department and attend its weekly events. You will be trained in research methods and design. You will also have the chance to participate in the editing of a student-run journal Millennium: Journal of International Studies, which has a major role in the discipline.
Department of International Relations
The Department of International Relations is ranked 5th in the QS World University Ranking by Subject 2018 tables for Politics and International Studies. Its reputation for international excellence was recognised in the most recent National Research Assessment Exercise when the IR and Government Departments, assessed as one unit, received one of the highest rankings. In the Foreign Policy''s 2018 Best International Relations Schools in the World table, LSE was listed top UK institution for the 'Top Master's Program for Policy Career in International Relations'.
The Department has particular strengths in international relations theory, security studies, international political economy, and European studies. As well as Europe, its area specialists cover Russia, Central, Northeast and Southeast Asia, the USA, South America, the Middle East and Africa. Other areas of research strength include foreign policy analysis, nationalism, religion, historical sociology, international environmental politics and strategic and war studies. Many individuals contribute to more than one of these subjects, and there is interdisciplinary work with colleagues in the Departments of Government and International History, as well as through the many research centres at the School.
Information for international students
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Fees and funding
Every research student is charged a fee for each year of their programme.
This programme is eligible for LSE PhD Studentships, and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding.
More information on funding and scholarships can be found on the LSE website.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Student Recruitment Office
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